Shay Given has revealed he wanted to extend his stay at Middlesbrough, but admits it was out of his hands.
The veteran goalkeeper will be aiming to keep his tenth clean sheet in what will be his final game in a Boro shirt, after parent club Aston Villa and the Teesiders were unable to agree terms on an extension.
And ahead of Saturday's Championship visit of Leeds United to the Riverside, Given couldn't hide his disappointment about the deal falling through.
"I would have liked to have stayed until the end of the season and try to help Boro climb the table but it was very much out of my hands and I have to go back to Villa," Given told the Evening Gazette.
"But I will look back fondly on my time at Boro. I was delighted that Mr Karanaka brought me in. I've had great times here and enjoyed every minute of it."
With Middlesbrough's play-off chances slipping away from them, Given is focused on the task at hand - helping his side earn victory over Leeds on his Boro bow.
"I really want to go out on a high at Middlesbrough and keep another clean sheet," he added.
"But if I can't do that and it finishes 10-9 then I'd take that now because we just want to win the game. It's all about the team not about me personally, we just want the three points."